Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea from Lochan Tea

Today’s review is taking me back to my favorite tea estate in the Darjeeling district of India, the Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate, located in the Kurseong North Valley. This sample of FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 was provided by Lochan Tea. I have covered the basic details of Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate in several previous posts, so I will spare you all the redundancy of repeating those details here.

The sample packet has been opened, and a dominantly floral and woody smell is escaping the packet. Let the journey begin…

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Dry Leaves
Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves range in color from yellowish-green to reddish-brown to black. There are some light brown, small and bare stems in the mix, as well as a few silver bud fragments. The leaves are all small to medium sized fragments, and are machine rolled. There is some inconsistency with the size and shape of the leaves. The leaves are very dry, and crack easily into coarse crumbs. The smell has scents of wood, toasted seeds, dried grapes, roses, caramel, honey, and hay.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.

My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 205°F (96°C). Steep the leaves for 3:00 to 4:00 minutes. Expect two infusions out of the same serving of leaves, and expect the second infusion to be significantly lighter than the first, but still worth drinking. Add 1:00 minute to the second infusion steep time.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infusion
Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a warm golden orange color, clear and transparent. The aroma consists of scents of roses, geraniums, grapes, honey, toasted seeds, caramel, and light hay. The body is medium, with a gentle and velvety texture. There is a mild astringency. The taste is dominantly floral, with notes of roses, geraniums, grapes, honey, toasted grains, hay, caramel, light wood, and light spice. The liquor leaves a honey like coating on the tongue. The aftertaste carries the grape and floral notes, and a lingering sweet essence is left on the breath.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infused Leaves
Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves range in color from pale forest green to copper to purplish-brown. The leaves are all small to medium sized fragments, and there some small bare stems and bud fragments in the mix. Stems display a two leaf and bud pluck. The leaves have a soft, delicate texture. The smell has scents of wood, roses, geraniums, grapes, hay, and honey.

The FTGFOP1 HS 2nd Flush 2014 Tea from Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate did not disappoint. With a dominantly floral aroma and taste, this tea gave the tongue and olfactory glands a stroll through a field of summer flowers, a welcome detour from the 20°F temperatures awaiting outside my office. The floral character is complimented very nicely by the sweet and toasty tones. The texture and honey-like coating on the tongue completes an overall phenomenal experience, as I have come to expect from the teas from Margaret’s Hope.

Thank you to the Lochan family at Lochan Tea for providing this sample. Cheers!

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Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea from Lochan Tea

Today’s review will focus on the FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea from the Jungpana Tea Estate, located in the Kurseong South Valley of the Darjeeling region of India. This sample was provided by Lochan Tea.

There is plenty of good information on the homepage of Jungpana Tea Estate, but it was the information about the Mahalderam Tea Estate, which is the high altitude division of Jungpana, that really caught my attention. As if altitudes of over 6,000 feet is not enough to please a tea enthusiast, Mahalderam and Jungpana have developed an interesting technique to getting the fresh leaves from the Mahalderam Estate to the Jungpana factory. The Mahalderam Estate is a three hour journey by road from the Jungpana factory. Needless to say that the fresh picked tea leaves from Mahalderam would lose some freshness and quality during that three hour ride. Considering the high quality of the leaves growing at such high altitudes, it is definitely a sad thought that the leaves would lose some quality before processing could even begin. The solution to this problem is a cost efficient, simple, and practical zip line! This zip line starts in the Mahalderam Estate, at an altitude of 6,000 feet, and descends 3,000 feet down the hillside where the zip line ends near the Jungpana factory. The leaves are now transported from Mahalderam to Jungpana in six minutes! Cheers to the person who came up with that plan.

The sample packet has been opened, and the highly attractive scent that I have come to expect from Jungpana teas is easily recognizable. Let the journey begin…

Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush Organic Darjeeling Tea Dry Leaves
Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a fairly uniform dark reddish brown to dark brown color, with some silver bud fragments. The leaves and buds are all medium sized fragments. There are some bare stems in the mix. The leaves are machine rolled, and have a fairly consistent size and shape. The leaves are quite dry, and crack easily into coarse crumbs. The smell has scents of roses, dried grapes, dark cocoa, sweet wood, honey, and a light spice.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.

My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 205°F (96°C). Steep the leaves for 3:00 to 4:00 minutes. Expect two infusions out of the same serving of leaves, and expect the second infusion to be significantly lighter than the first, but still worth drinking. Add 1:00 minute to the second infusion steep time.

Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush Organic Darjeeling Tea Infusion
Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a beautiful reddish-orange color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of roses, grapes, honey, caramel, fresh cut wood, cinnamon, cardamom, and a touch of stewed apricot. The body is medium-full, with a brisk character, and a lively and clean mouth feel. The taste has notes of roses, grapes, honey, cinnamon, stewed apricot, caramel, fresh cut wood, and black pepper. The spicy and floral notes are carried into the aftertaste, and a sweet, slightly floral essence is left on the breath.

Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush Organic Darjeeling Tea Infused Leaves
Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a fairly uniform greenish-brown to light copper brown color. The leaves and buds are all medium sized fragments. The leaves are a fairly uniform shape and size, and certainly come from a Chinese clonal tea bush. The leaves have a soft, smooth, delicate texture. The smell carries scents of roses, grapes, cardamom, honey, and fresh cut wood.

I am quite impressed by the number of flavor notes that could be identified in the FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea from the Jungpana Tea Estate. In addition to the aroma and flavors, the color of the liquor was very inviting, and the liquor had a brisk character that gave a spark of energy and enthusiasm from the first sip. The flavor had a great balance of sweet, floral, and spicy notes. This tea definitely lives up to the high quality experience that I have come to expect from the Jungpana Tea Estate. The fact that the estate is organic simply makes this tea, and others from Jungpana, all the more attractive.

Thank you again to the Lochan family at Lochan Tea for providing this sample of Jungpana FTGFOP1 Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Organic Darjeeling Tea! Cheers!

Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea from the Khima Tea Estate

Today’s review will focus on the Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush Nepal Tea. The estate producing this tea is located in eastern Nepal, on the opposing hill slopes of the Thurbo Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India. Sadly, aside from this basic description of where the factory is located, I am having a very difficult time finding other information on the Khima Tea Estate. If anyone reading this cares to share an informational source on Khima, please contact me so that I may provide additional details of this estate and factory to my readers.

UPDATE: I was contacted by Mr. Rajiv Lochan who provided me with some information related to Khima Tea Estate. This estate is also known as Chabbesey Tea Estate. The land owner, Mr. Subba, wanted to call the estate Khima after his mother’s name. However, the estate is located near the 26th border post between India and Nepal, thus the name Chabbesey (or “26”) has been used to identify this estate. The plantation consists of 20 acres, and is located near some well known Darjeeling estates such as Seeyok, Thurbo, and Okyati. Currently, the only tea company that I have seen offering any products from Chabbesey (Khima) is Tealet, but I am not sure if they have the product for same right now or not. Thank you, Mr. Rajiv Lochan, for the information on Chabbesey (Khima) Tea Estate!

The sample packet has been opened, and the sweet scent and number of silver tips are catching my attention. Let the journey begin…

Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Dry Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves vary in color from pale dark green to light brown to copper brown to black, with a generous portion of silver buds. The leaves are all large fragments, and I expect to find a few whole leaves in the mix. There are a few bare stems. The silver buds are covered in soft, downy-like white hairs. The leaves are rolled, and I am assuming that the rolling was done mechanically. The stems show a pluck of two leaves and a bud. The leaves have a dry, rigid texture. The smell carries scents of vanilla, light sweet wood, dry cherries, light roses, and light earth (forest floor).

Three grams were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.

My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 205°F (96°C). Steep the leaves for 3:00 to 4:00 minutes. Expect two quality infusions from the same serving of leaves. Add 1:00 of steep time to the second infusion, and expect it to be noticeably lighter in all respects.

Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infusion
Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a bright, golden yellow color, perfectly clear and transparent, with very few fine particles. The aroma has scents of wild valley flowers, tart cherries, honey, and very light wood. The body is medium, with a silky texture that coats the tongue like honey. The taste has notes of wild valley flowers and light roses, vanilla, honey, light wood, light mineral, and touches of light steamed spinach and squash. The aftertaste carries the squash note and lighter notes of vanilla and flowers. A light flowery essence lingers on the breath.

Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infused Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves vary in color from dark forest green to copper brown. The leaves are mostly large fragments, and there is a respectable amount of whole leaves and buds in the mix. There are a few bare stems which show a two leaf and bud pluck. There are green leaves that have reddish edges, indicating that these leaves are not fully oxidized, and thus this tea cannot be classified as a true black tea. The leaves have a thin, moist, smooth, leathery feel. The largest whole leaf measures about two inches (56 mm) in length, and just under an inch (25 mm) in width. The smell carries scents of vanilla, wild valley flowers, squash, light wood, honey, and light tart cherries.

The Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Tea from Khima Tea Estate in Nepal is a respectable product. The appearance and smell of the dry leaves all showed comparable quality to good FTGFOP1 products from Darjeeling. The first infusion had a bright, uplifting color, and a honey-like smoothness. The tea liquor had a specific vanilla character in the aroma and taste. There is a nice amount of unbroken leaves and buds, indicating a high level of care taken during the plucking and production processes. I do not have any less than positive opinions on this tea.

Thanks to Ankit Lochan at Surajmukhi Tea for providing this sample of Khima FTGFOP1 Wonder 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea. Cheers!

Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal Musk 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea from Surajmukhi Tea

Today’s review will focus on the FTGFOP1 King Clonal Musk 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea from the Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate in the Kurseong North Valley of the Darjeeling area of India. I have covered various details of the Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate in previous posts, so I will skip the redundancy in covering those details in this post. This sample was provided by Surajmukhi Tea.

The King Clonal, or Clonal King as other estates call it, from Margaret’s Hope is not one of the varieties of theirs that I have had before. As I have said many times, Margaret’s Hope produces my favorite Darjeeling teas, regardless of the season. Any time I receive a new variety from this beautiful tea estate, it will end up getting reviewed on this blog.

The sample packet has been opened, and the sweet, floral, yet uniquely robust aroma that Darjeeling “musk” teas are known for can be immediately recognized. Let the journey begin…

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Dry Leaves
Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves vary in color from light copper-brown to black, with a generous portion of silver tips. The leaves are all medium sized fragments, and are machine rolled. There are a few stems in the mix. The tips are mostly whole and unbroken, and are covered in soft, downy-like hairs. The leaves crack easily, but do not crumble, and have a somewhat rigid texture. The aroma is very sweet and floral, with scents of grapes, chocolate, roses, light spice, and a light white musk hint. The aroma is impressive.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.

My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 195°F (90°C). Steep the leaves for 3:00 minutes. Expect to get two quality infusions out of the same serving of leaves. For the second infusion, steep the leaves for 4:00 minutes.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infusion
Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infusion

Sorry, the photo of the infusion did not turn out as nicely detailed as it originally looked on the small screen. Anyway, the first infusion produced a liquor with a bright reddish-orange color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of roses, grapes, light chocolate, light caramel, and light white musk. The body is medium-full, with a caramel-like texture. The taste has notes of roses, grapes, chocolate, caramel, and light white musk. There is a mild astringency. The aftertaste carries the grape and floral notes, and even the essence left on the breath has hints of grapes.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infused Leaves
Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a fairly uniform copper brown color, some leaning to a green-copper, others leaning to brown. The leaves are all medium sized fragments. Most of the tips are whole and unbroken, and measure about 3/4 inch to 1 inch (18 to 25mm). The leaves have a soft, thin, smooth texture. The aroma has scents of roses, grapes, light white musk, and light chocolate.

Another strong showing from a product from Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate. The classic Darjeeling tastes of grapes and roses combined nicely with more unique notes of white musk and caramel. The smooth, caramel texture was very pleasant as well. A potent aftertaste leaves a lasting memory of the quality of the FTGFOP1 King Clonal 2nd Flush 2014 Darjeeling Tea. This product is a perfect example of why I am always excited to receive samples from Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate.

Thanks to Ankit Lochan of Surajmukji Tea for providing this sample. Cheers!

Khima FTGFOP1 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Green Tea from Surajmukhi Tea

I have to admit that I have samples from a few vendors waiting for review, but I am having a hard time pulling myself away from the box of samples from Nepal. I have yet to find a Nepal tea that I have not been and impressed with and thoroughly enjoyed. This is definitely a region that I will be keeping an eye, as I expect the popularity of Nepal teas to increase exponentially as more consumers get to try these amazing products.

Today’s review will focus on the Khima FTGFOP1 2nd Flush Nepal Green Tea. This sample was provided by Surajmukhi Tea. The estate producing this tea is located in eastern Nepal, on the opposing hill slopes of the Thurbo Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India.

The sample packet has been opened, and if you put these dry tea leaves in front of me, then a box of dark chocolate covered cherries, I would probably not be able to tell them apart. Let the journey begin…

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Dry Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves range in color from bright green to very dark green (almost black), and a few brown. There are some silver tips in the mix, as well as some stems. The leaves are all medium sized fragments, and are machine rolled. I am not convinced that this is a true green tea, not to take anything away from the overall quality of the product itself. The aroma is incredibly attractive, with dominant scents of sweetened dark chocolate, ripe dark cherries, and a very light touch of dried cayenne or chili peppers. This is a very impressive aroma!

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 175°F (75°C). The leaves were infused for 3:00 minutes.

I prepared this sample using the parameters that are appropriate for an evaluation of a true green tea.  I will also prepare a separate sample using 205°F (96°C) water and a 4:00 minute infusion time to gauge the level of bitterness and other undesirable effects that result. This will help determine whether this is a true green tea or not. I will report my findings at the bottom of the this review. At that time, I will also provide my suggestions for at home preparation.

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (175F)
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (175F)

The first infusion produced a liquor with a pale golden-yellow color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of cocoa, cherry, and light grass. The body is light-medium, with a clean, smooth texture. The taste has notes of dark chocolate, cherries, and grass. There is a mild astringency to the tea. The aftertaste is sweet and grassy, and a sweet yet light floral essence can be felt on the breath.

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infused Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves range in color from fresh forest green to dark forest green to greenish-brown. The leaves are all medium sized fragments, with some unbroken tips in the mix, and some smaller stem fragments. The leaves have a soft, smooth, delicate texture. The aroma maintains the scents of dark chocolate, cherries, and a light grass hint.

Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (205F)
Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea Infusion (205F)

Using the 205°F (96°C) water and a 4:00 minute infusion time, the tea has a darker golden-yellow color. The aroma is not as pleasant. The taste is certainly more bitter, and the dark chocolate note is more of woody note. The aftertaste is quite bitter. Although I am still not fully convinced that this is a true green tea in the traditional definition of the word, I am convinced that using green tea steeping parameters is the best method of extracting the most favorable characteristics from these leaves.

Therefore, my suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 175°F (75°C). Steep the leaves for 2:00 minutes. Expect to get two infusions out of the same serving of leaves, with the second infusion being overall lighter in character than the first infusion.

The teas coming from this tea estate in eastern Nepal have the amazing quality of offering strong scents and tastes of dark chocolate and cherries. I would almost describe these products as desert teas. The visual aspect of the dry leaves is not as impressive as the aromas and tastes, having the general look of other Darjeeling second flush teas. As a basis for comparison, my favorite green tea out of Nepal comes from the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate. Although that green tea is not as sweet, and instead is more floral, the dry leaves have a very high quality appearance, and consist of large leaf fragments, whole leaves, and impressive tips. It is my humble opinion that if Nepal tea producers want to compete and gain market share on their Darjeeling (and other) competitors, then they may want to consider diversifying the appearance of the teas. Of course, if improving the appearance translates into lower quality aromas and tastes, then appearance should not be the priority.

Do not forget that the green tea from Kanchanjangha Tea Estate is available for purchase at The Tea Journeyman Shop! Click here to check it out!

Overall, this Khima FTGFOP1 Nepal Green Tea was an impressive product! If you like chocolate covered cherries, then you will absolutely love this tea. At least you don’t have to worry about the calorie counting while indulging in this treat!

Thanks to Ankit Lochan at Surajmukhi Tea for providing these incredible samples from Nepal, Assam, and Darjeeling. Cheers!

 

Khima FTGFOP1 CH Hand Rolled 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea from Surajmukhi Tea

Of the many descriptive phrases and terms used to name tea products, the phrase “hand rolled” in a product name always gets me excited. As I peruse the package of Nepal tea samples from Surajmukhi Tea, I see one product with this special phrase in the title. Today’s review will focus on the Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) Hand Rolled 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea.

Much of the tea growing in Nepal occurs in the eastern part of the country, such as Kanchanjangha, Mist Valley, and Pathivara estates. Similarly, this tea is grown and manufactured on the eastern Nepal slopes opposite of the Thurbo Tea Estate in the Darjeeling region of India. The tea bushes grown here are Chinese clonals. This appears to be a very difficult to find tea. In fact, I cannot find a single retailer in North America who offers teas from this factory (at least under the name Khima). That fact always makes me curious. Either this is a hidden gem of a tea, or there is a quality related reason as to why I cannot find it in North America.

With that being said, let’s get started. The sample packet has been opened, and I am immediately leaning toward the hidden gem of a tea theory. Let the journey begin…

Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Dry Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves range in color from bright green to reddish-brown to black. There is a respectable amount of silver tips. The pluck is one leaf and bud. The leaves are large fragments and whole leaves. The leaves are hand rolled, and have a very high quality appearance. The aroma is simply incredible, with strong scents of dried cherries and grapes, sweet cocoa, and honey. Impressed is a gross understatement of my opinion about the aroma of these leaves.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.

My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 195°F to 205°F (90°C to 96°C). Steep the leaves for 3:00 minutes. Two quality infusions can be expected from the same serving of leaves. Add one minute to the steep time of the second infusion, and expect it to have an overall lighter character than the first infusion.

Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infusion
Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a bright golden-yellow color, clear and transparent. This liquor is much lighter in color than most other second flush teas from Nepal and Darjeeling that I have had. The color is more similar to a first flush product. The aroma has strong scents of valley flowers, honey, cherries and grapes, and light hay. The body is medium, with a gentle, smooth texture. The taste has notes of valley flowers, light sweet cocoa, light cherry and grape, and light honey. There is a mild astringency. The aftertaste has hints of honey and flowers, and lingers on the breath for a respectable time.

Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infused Leaves
Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves range in color from fresh forest green to greenish-brown. The leaves are mostly large fragments, with a respectable amount of whole leaves and tips. The pluck is one leaf and bud. There are very few bare stems in the mix. The leaves are long and narrow, consistent with the Chinese Clonal bush. The leaves have a smooth, thin texture. The aroma is again incredibly sweet and attractive, with scents of black licorice, cherries, light sweet cocoa, and light flowers.

Overall, the Khima FTGFOP1 (CH) 2nd Flush 2014 Nepal Tea was truly a pleasure to experience. This tea had much in common with Darjeeling first flush teas in the dominantly floral aroma and taste, the light color of the infusion, and the medium body. One thing I really enjoy about the Nepal teas is that I find more of a cherry hint in the aroma and taste, while Darjeeling teas have the renowned grape taste. The difference is very subtle, but it is certainly there. Although I did get some grape hints as well as the cherry hints in this particular product. The aroma of the dry leaves and infused leaves has left a very positive mark on my memory, since both aromas were remarkably sweet and attractive. The appearance is high quality, and the hand-plucked, hand rolled processing is easy to distinguish. This is another amazing product from Nepal, and the teas from this country never cease to impress me.

Thanks again to the management team at Surajmukhi Tea for providing this phenomenal tea sample! Cheers!